andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
TripAdvisor Reviews andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge Phinda Private Game Reserve
Travel Blogs from Phinda Private Game Reserve
... unfolding on this very ground. The famous little hamlet to where people come from all over the world to hear the heroic stories has had almost no change with the passing of time, some of the original buildings still stand and when there are no tours taking place it has a stillness that invades your spirt in a strangely calming way.
But today it was invading me in a different way. While the bikes were being distributed the entire student body of ...
... at about midday we were crossing the river indicating that we were now back on regular roads in the reserve. As we crossed we noticed a couple of impalas grazing by the river.
As it was after midday, we drove straight back to the lodge for lunch and a rest before heading out for the afternoon game drive. Along the way we saw a couple of zebras. As we drove through the camp to our lodge we saw the cheeky, destructive elephant – he was back/still here! ...
... to. Quite a typical background - parents moved out of Rhodesia, eventually settle in South Africa, and he’s done a stint as fishing guide in Mozambique. He tells us Mandla has been at the lodge since it opened 14 years ago, and lived in the local village before that, so knows the area intimately. He has unbelievable skills as a tracker, and they make a good team.
9:30, and we’re ready for bed. It’s been along day, and we have a 5:00am wake-up call ...
... to the
pub! We finally decided it was time to go back to the lodge, and turned to
drive home, and nearly ran over two lions lying on the road. Skondla Khondla,
our dominant male in the North pride, was lying with one of his lionesses.
On Thursday, we had an activity at a neighbouring property
called Bayete Zulu Elephant Interaction. Anyone who knows me will know that of
course I was excited to get there!! In ...
... are protecting you are busy chaning a tire and the gun is safely INSIDE the jeep!! Not to worry, we hopped back in the jeep and after a little longer drive eventually saw some track, first was a giraffe track that headed back the way we had come so we continued on. Then we saw them, big round elephant foot prints. Ross and Pat (Our tracker) showed Ollie how you could tell they were elephant prints and the fact that the print was on top of the tyre ...